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Chidananda Dasgupta passes away

One of India’s most renowned film critics Chidananda Dasgupta died following complications from an illness today in his house in Calcutta. He was 89 years old.

Dasgupta’s contribution to cinema in India is immense, as apart from his regular writings on cinema, he was one of the founding members of the Calcutta Film Society along with filmmaker Satyajit Ray and art director Bansi Chandragupta¬† in 1947. The CFS was perhaps the first such organization that organized screenings and discussions of films from across the world. Following the CFS, film societies sprung up in different parts of the country, following which Dasgupta also became one of the founders of the Federation of Film Societies. Along with Ray, Dasgupta was also one of the founding editors of The Indian Film Quarterly.

Dasgupta tirelessly chronicled Ray’s work; he authored several books on him, including, The Cinema of Satyajit Ray and Satyajit Ray¬†: An anthology of statements on Ray and by Ray (which Dasgupta edited). His other important work is The Painted Face.The brother of poet Jibananda Das, Dagupta translated many of his poems into English.

Chidananda Dasgupta is survived by his daughter, noted filmmaker and actress Aparna Sen and his granddaughter actress Konkona Sen Sharma.

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